The live-action Beauty and the Beast brought even more focus to Gaston and LeFou’s relationship, and Luke Evans and Josh Gad often stole the show in their scenes. The actors will be back to reprise their roles from the film for a Disney+ spinoff series about their characters. First announced in March, there isn’t too much information about the untitled Gaston and LeFou show yet, but Evans recently provided an update on the upcoming Beauty and the Beast spinoff.
Luke Evans always seems excited to talk about playing the character and even regaled fans with how he and co-star Josh Gad nailed “Gaston” for Disney’s viral sing-along in April. While promoting The Alienist: Angel of Darkness, Evans spilled some beans about the highly-anticipated Beauty and the Beast spinoff. Here’s what he told Variety’s The Big Ticket:
Josh and I have read two or three episodes now. We’ve heard some of the new songs written by Mr. [Alan] Menken himself. We are so excited about this. It’s going to be a joy to work with Josh again. Me and Josh have chemistry. As friends we had it, and luckily it transferred to the screen and people got it. They got the characters. It’s going to be a joy to bring to life a new story that no one knows. It’s all come together very nicely, rather quickly actually, and hopefully production will start sometime next year.
The fact that Alan Menken, the acclaimed composer who co-wrote Beauty and the Beast’s original songs, will be back with new material for the spinoff is incredibly exciting. Luke Evans also confirms that at least three episodes have been written, so it sounds like the Gaston and LeFou spinoff is coming along quite nicely.
The actor, who will next appear in Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers alongside Nicole Kidman, recalls how he and Josh Gad would discuss what Gaston and LeFou could get up to outside of Beauty and the Beast and now it’s actually happening. Here’s how Luke Evans puts it:
Because we were sort of the fun characters that people laughed at, we would often talk about doing an at-home with Gaston and LeFou, or LeFou and Gaston go on a road trip, or LeFou and Gaston have a cooking show, or a men’s [gym]. It went on and on and on. Fans put our names together and made us GaFou…. No, we didn’t think it, but we joked about it a lot. So the fact that it’s now happening is just a joy.
Luke Evans goes on to say that he and Josh Gad have been wanting to work together again for a long time. Now, they not only have this Gaston and LeFou spinoff, but they'll also be working together in the announced Netflix movie Super-Normal, which is also set to star Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley.
The actor didn’t offer too many details about what the plot of the spinoff series would be. Would Gaston be getting his own backstory? Luke Evans was mum about that, but he did tease that viewers should expect some familiar faces to show up on the Disney+ show. In his words:
Oh, my God. I mean a smorgasbord of cameos — can you imagine? You never know who will pop up on this show.
That’s certainly interesting. I admit that I didn’t think anyone else from Beauty and the Beast would show up in the spinoff series, so this is pretty exciting news. The Gaston and LeFou spinoff series will consist of six episodes. However, it does not yet have a scheduled premiere date.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for updates on the Disney+ show. For more on what to watch in the coming months, be sure to check out our 2020 fall TV premiere guide.